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Blagrave, Daniel (bap. 1603, d. 1668?), politician and regicide, was baptized on 20 November 1603 at St Mary's, Reading, the fifth son of Alexander Blagrave (d. 1612), a clothier of Southcote Lodge, Berkshire, and his wife, Margaret. A nephew of the mathematician ...

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Blakiston, John (bap. 1603, d. 1649), politician and regicide, was baptized on 21 August 1603 at Sedgefield in co. Durham, the third son of Marmaduke Blakiston (1565–1639) and Margaret James (1575–1636). He was apprenticed to Christopher Shafto of Newcastle upon Tyne, probably in 1613, and became a free burgess, as a mercer, in 1627. Later, royalists described him as either a pedlar, butcher, chandler, or shopkeeper, but such disparaging comments cannot detract from the fact that by 1632 he was one of ...

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Breman [Braman], John (bap. 1627, d. 1703), army officer, politician, and conspirator, was baptized on 27 March 1627 at Alton, Hampshire, the eldest surviving son of Thomas Braman (d. 1661), mercer of Alton. He first appears in 1647 as one of the regimental agitators of the ...

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Callender, William Romaine (1825–1876), cotton spinner and politician, was born on 2 June 1825 at 7 Nelson Street, Chorlton Row, Manchester, the elder son of William Romaine Callender (1794–1872), merchant and calico printer, and his first wife, Hannah, the daughter of Samuel Pope...

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Corbett, Miles (1594/5–1662), politician and regicide, was probably born in Sprowston, Norfolk, where several generations of the Corbett family are buried, the second son of Sir John Corbett, baronet (d. 1628), who married a daughter of Sir Arthur Capel. A pedigree compiled between 1655 and 1659 lists ...

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Darley, Henry (c. 1596–1671), politician, was the eldest son of Sir Richard Darley (d. c.1654) of Buttercrambe, Yorkshire, and his wife, Elizabeth (b. 1576, d. after 1657), daughter of Edward Gates of Seamer. Although resident in Yorkshire since the twelfth century, the ...

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Disbrowe [Desborough], John (bap. 1608, d. 1680), parliamentarian army officer and politician, was baptized at Eltisley, Cambridgeshire, on 13 November 1608, the second son of James Disbrowe (1582–1638) and his wife, Elizabeth Marshall (d. 1628/9). His brother was Samuel Desborough [Disbrowe], politician and administrator. Their father was a gentleman and owner of the advowson of ...

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William Fiennes, first Viscount Saye and Sele (1582–1662) by Adam de Colone on loan to Broughton Castle

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Fiennes, William, first Viscount Saye and Sele (1582–1662), politician, was born at Broughton Castle, Oxfordshire, on 28 May 1582, the only son and heir of Richard Fiennes, seventh Baron Saye and Sele (c.1557–1613) and his first wife, Constance Kingsmill. He was educated at ...

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William Johnson Fox (1786–1864) by Eliza Florence Bridell, c. 1863 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fox, William Johnson (1786–1864), preacher and politician, was born on 1 March 1786 at Uggeshall Farm, Wrentham, Suffolk, the eldest child of six sons and three daughters of Paul Fox (1753?–1812) and his wife, Mary. Paul Fox farmed a small property for his widowed mother, though he had prudently absented himself for a two-year stay in ...

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Hatsell, Henry (d. 1667), naval official and politician, was probably born in Plymouth of a commercial family. He married at Barnstaple on 6 February 1637 Margaret Dawe, with whom he had at least one son, Sir Henry Hatsell (bap. 1641, d. 1714), later baron of the ...

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Jaffray, Alexander (1614–1673), politician and Quaker leader, was born in Aberdeen in July 1614, a son of Alexander Jaffray (d. 1645), provost of the city, and Magdalen Erskine of Pittodrie (d. 1640). He was educated at Aberdeen grammar school and at schools in ...

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Lawrence, Henry, appointed Lord Lawrence under the protectorate (1600–1664), politician, was born late in 1600, the eldest son of Sir John Lawrence (d. 1604) of St Ives, Huntingdonshire, and Elizabeth, daughter and heir of Ralph Waller of Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. Sir John died when ...

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Lister, Thomas (1597–1668), politician, was the eldest son of William Lister (d. 1641) of Coleby Hall, Lincolnshire, and his wife, Grisell (d. 1642) daughter of William Rivett of Rowston in the same county. On 1 November 1616 he was admitted of ...

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Morley, Harbert [Herbert] (bap. 1616, d. 1667), politician and parliamentarian army officer, was baptized on 2 April 1616, the eldest son of Robert Morley (c.1577–1632) of Glynde in Sussex, and his wife, Susan (d. 1667), daughter of Thomas Hodgson of ...

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Overton, Benjamin [formerly Ebenezer] (c. 1647–1711), politician and political pamphleteer, was a younger son of the radically inclined Cromwellian major-general Robert Overton (1608/9–1678/9) and his wife, Ann (1615/16–1665), daughter of Jeremy Gardiner of Stratford, Middlesex.

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Rigby, Alexander (bap. 1594, d. 1650), politician and parliamentarian army officer, was baptized on 9 July 1594 at Flixton, Lancashire, the eldest son of Alexander Rigby (d. 1621) of Wigan, merchant and landowner, and his first wife, Alice, daughter of Leonard Ashawe...

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Rous, Francis (1580/81–1659), religious writer and politician, was born at Dittisham, Devon, the fourth son of Sir Anthony Rous of Halton, Cornwall (knighted in 1603), and his first wife, Elizabeth (née Southgate). On 6 July 1593, aged twelve, he matriculated with two of his elder brothers as a commoner of ...

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Skippon, Philip, appointed Lord Skippon under the protectorate (d. 1660), parliamentarian army officer and politician, was the son of Luke Skippon (d. 1638), a minor gentleman of West Lexham, Norfolk, and his wife, Anne. The Skippons had been in Norfolk since the thirteenth century, but ...